Union Pacific Co. (NYSE:UNP) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the twenty-three ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $193.56.
A number of research firms have recently issued reports on UNP. Bank of America upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 14th. Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $200.00 target price on shares of Union Pacific in a research note on Friday. BMO Capital Markets increased their target price on Union Pacific from $188.00 to $200.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday. UBS Group lowered Union Pacific from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their target price for the company from $184.00 to $201.00 in a research note on Friday. Finally, Ardour Capital upgraded Union Pacific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 14th.
Shares of Union Pacific stock opened at $178.47 on Friday. The company has a fifty day moving average price of $180.24 and a 200 day moving average price of $171.48. The company has a current ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32. Union Pacific has a twelve month low of $149.09 and a twelve month high of $188.96. The stock has a market cap of $128.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 1.08.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 29th were paid a dividend of $0.97 per share. This represents a $3.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.17%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 27th. Union Pacific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 46.30%.
In other news, CFO Jennifer L. Hamann sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $183.00, for a total value of $183,000.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 62,331 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,406,573. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Elizabeth F. Whited sold 5,342 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $171.62, for a total transaction of $916,794.04. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 63,021 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,815,664.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 9.96% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Selective Wealth Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Union Pacific in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $25,000. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. raised its position in shares of Union Pacific by 10.1% during the 3rd quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. now owns 163,196 shares of the railroad operator’s stock valued at $27,000 after acquiring an additional 14,927 shares in the last quarter. River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP bought a new position in Union Pacific during the second quarter worth $29,000. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. lifted its stake in Union Pacific by 78.8% during the third quarter. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. now owns 186 shares of the railroad operator’s stock worth $30,000 after purchasing an additional 82 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bourgeon Capital Management LLC bought a new position in Union Pacific during the third quarter worth $30,000. 77.82% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
Union Pacific Company Profile
Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles.
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